Ex-NZ captain Smith to help improve officiating in women's game

Ex-NZ captain Smith to help improve officiating in women's game

Former New Zealand captain Rebecca Smith will join the Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOL) as the organisation aims to improve the standard of officiating in the women’s game.

Smith, who won the Champions League with Wolfsburg in 2013 and skippered New Zealand at the 2011 World Cup, has agreed to join the body's Women's Select Group Coaching Team which is responsible for improving the development of referees in the Women's Super League and the Championship.

High-profile officiating incidents in games last season gained national attention but the PGMOL has set out a long-term plan to increase support for those taking charge of matches.

Bibiana Steinhaus-Webb, the first woman to referee in Germany's Bundesliga, was brought in last year to oversee the improvement of officiating in the women's professional game. Smith's appointment is one of a number in 2022 to the new team responsible for training referees at the top level.